Make the Most of a Teensy Balcony
On glorious warm sunny days and relaxing summer evenings, an unloved balcony, no matter its size, is a tragic sight. So if you are currently using yours as a graveyard for dead plants or broken outdoor furniture, listen up. There are dozens of great ideas for transforming a neglected outdoor space into an irresistible hangout for relaxing and entertaining.
Double Duty Furniture and Affordable Decking
The typical apartment balcony has a concrete floor that is devoid of personality. Fortunately, you can spruce up a boring slab with interlocking deck tiles. They are very easy to install by simply snapping the pieces together. And if you are a renter, you should know they are a cinch to remove.
Here, Jana Wind, the DIY blogger behind the German blog Bekleidet used reasonably inexpensive wood decking by IKEA to cover her tiny balcony. The tiles are called RUNNEN; a package (about $25) includes enough pieces to cover 9 square feet.
There are a few more decorating ideas worth borrowing from Jana’s balcony. Check out the small storage bench on the upper left. She uses it to hide her mini barbecue grill and potting soil. Even better, it is big enough to seat two people. The little dining table folds down to create more legroom.
DIY Bamboo Privacy Screen
Who doesn’t love simple do-it-yourself projects that add function and style to spaces? Case in point: this super affordable privacy screen idea by Kelsey at Silver Rose Sewing. The blogger was lucky enough to find a bunch of large bamboo poles at a local store for less than $1.50 per piece. Afterward, she connected them all using zip ties and rope. After installing her new privacy screen, she topped it off with lantern string lights.
Mini Urban Oasis
Isabelle LaRue, the DIY diva behind Engineer Your Own Space, transformed her small, concrete balcony into a little urban oasis. First, she added a bit of architectural interest by installing a white ledge on top of her existing balcony walls. The feature created room to place potted plants and several decorative accessories. Next, she gave her outdoor nook a tropical twist with reed fencing. You can pick a roll at most home improvement stores for less than $30. Because her balcony faces other buildings, she installed white lattice panels for privacy. LaRue also built a storage bench (on the right) specifically for the space. She uses it to keep gardening supplies out of sight.
Cozy Outdoor Room
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07. Fancy Privacy Screen
08. Added Style and Function
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10. Concrete Furniture
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